Some of us might assume that happiness is as natural as day is to night, and so it should be. But for some others, like I used to be, if you’ve never known how to be happy, or if you’ve always been snuffed when you appeared happy, you start to learn that it’s not right to be happy. Worse still, if your life has just been a series of unfortunate events and traumas, you simply can’t feel happy...
If eternal bliss; total peace and contentment; were as easy as sitting down to one or two meditation practices, I think the secret would be out by now, and we’d all be in Nirvana. But it’s not; it’s a practice. And most of the things that matter to us in life are just that – a practice..!
I had no idea the source of my pain were some of the very foods I linked to health and longevity! I had no idea I was hurting myself with the way I was eating and treating my body. So I began to shift my diet and my body began to heal. As I witnessed my own body change, I became inspired...
The death of a loved one is a very painful reminder that life is way, way too short. I remember my friends telling me to focus on my job, so that I get over that period after my father’s death. And I did. I went to my job every single day to keep myself busy. And you know what?...
It’s the difference between riding the waves on the top of the ocean where it's tumultuous, and having a deeper awareness that you are the ocean, where you do not experience the up and down because you are in the steadiness of the depth. The ups and downs of the ocean still take place, but you do not experience them as tumultuous. The path to knowing who you are is not expecting your life circumstances to turn to gold, it’s the experience of staying in the joy of your beingness no matter what arises...
Have you ever been tortured by your relentless inner critic? Self-criticism is a habit that comes up with new "protecting" mechanisms that hold us back from reaching our fullest potential. See it as a hot air balloon that strives to lift itself up only to learn that it is stuck with a couple of sandbags filled with disbelief in its ability to fly..!
2 years ago I had brain surgery. Now some people might say I am lucky to be alive and I am, but when I was faced with it I framed it as an opportunity. It was scary at first but one the initial shock wore off I thought “how can I go through this and still thrive?” I took it as a positive and not a negative. A chance to grow as a person even though the next year or longer of my life was going to be more different then I would ever know it.
How many things have happened in your life that if you were to frame them a little differently the outcome would have been more positive?
One word frees us all of the weight and pain of life: that word is love. — Sophocles
For the past however many years (I honestly can't remember how longs it's been), I've had this on again, off again, relationship with a cheap, gold-painted, little ring. There's nothing particularly amazing about this ring. It wasn’t expensive, and it’s definitely not from Tiffany’s. In fact, I believe I bought it for less than five bucks at Forever 21 (when I was still in the appropriate age bracket to shop there). But for whatever reason, unbeknownst to me, I've grown a strong affection for this cheap, little ring. I wear it all the time, for every occasion, always on the same hand, always on the same finger. The weird thing about this ring is...
How to Love Your Body. Some people hear massage and automatically begin to daydream about being on the table and having that soothing feeling of blissful joy and relaxation take over your being. Others hear it and think, OMG! No one is putting their hands on me. Hopefully, I will be able to change your mind to the latter and increase your reasons for going to the people who are already texting their massage therapists...
“Turn off your mind, relax and float downstream,” goes the Beatles song: Tomorrow Never Knows. Ever since the Fab Four went to India in 1968 to study transcendental meditation with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the concept of meditation has steadily seeped into Western culture and language.
By far the biggest roadblock for most people is they have trouble getting their mind to turn off. Trying to stop the mind from producing thoughts during mediation is the number one reason people quit in frustration. Having Trouble Meditating? Try This...
For most of my life I was an achiever. I pushed through, made the grade and impressed – or tried to. It made me feel important and valuable. Worthy.
It gave me purpose.
I was going after success. In return for my exceptional loyalty to productivity and achievement, I expected a kind of happiness like the people in those commercials walking across a lawn of green grass, all white teeth smiling and glowing health. I expected that. I expected the feeling that makes one feel sure footed and vital in this world.
But I didn’t get that! So how do you break that cycle? Learn to preventing burnout on the way to success... now.
I remember being so negative about most days that the bad days slowly started to become a bad life. No matter how Zen we are, we all have bad days, when we just get up on the wrong side of the bed. Some of us have them more, some of us have them less, but we all experience them.
There is no need to suffer through a bad day, and just wait for it to end; there are so many little things we can do to help ourselves and also the people around us.
I used to get up and feel bad every day. Just all around depressed and anxious about life, and all I wanted to do when I got up was to go back to sleep. I didn’t realize all that I could have done to make my days better.
Let’s go through an average day together and see how we can turn bad days around
5 Reasons Taking People Seriously Can Change Your Life.
“I’d like to give thanks for this meal,” I announced at the dinner table. In my second grade class, I had just learned the importance of being grateful, and thought my parents would be proud of me.
I bowed my head and closed my eyes. Then, I heard chuckles. When I opened my eyes, I saw Mom and Dad giving me the same look they reserved for a puppy.
“You’re so cute,” they said.
My seven-year-old self became angry. I didn’t intend to be “cute.” This was serious business!
All I wanted was to be taken seriously; to make a contribution. As years passed, I realized I wasn’t the only one feeling this way.
All of us want to feel that we’re making a difference in the world, or at least in someone’s life, and yet, we forget that everyone around us also feels this way.
Creating deep and long-lasting human connections is possible only when...
Shame corrodes the very part of us that believes we are capable of change.
Every day, we get up and we talk about topics that we are comfortable with. We might chit-chat about a movie we saw over the weekend with a friend or talk about our chances for promotion with our husband. Somehow, we manage to talk about our loves, our hopes, even our failures. What we often don't talk about is that insidious feeling that sometimes festers inside us, that makes us feel like we are nothing, that colours our very being. What we can't talk about is a shame. Where Does Shame Come From? How Do We Get Beyond Our Shame?
I set the intention to see purple flowers.
I was reading, E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Change Your Consciousness. I was on the second experiment which called for me to test the power of intention. The experiment required that I actively look for something, anything of my choosing.
As soon as I set the intention, I began to panic. After all, it was wintertime in the city. The predominant colour was gray, surrounded by more gray. It would be nearly impossible to find any flowers at all, let alone the prized and rare purple ones... But I did find them.
How to Get Far in Life: Setting 5 Effective Intentions
Waking Up is More Than Just The Physical Act of Coming Out of a Sleep State...
Don’t be afraid to see what you see, hear what you hear, think what you think, or feel what you feel.
Wake up. Notice how things grow. Don’t be afraid to see what you see, hear what you hear, think what you think, or feel what you feel. Attend sunrises. – Douglas Wood
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
There are many people that I have known, and many that I know still, who are searching for something – that thing that is going to make them happy, that idea that will tip the scales in the direction of abundance, that person who make them feel like they matter.
If you are a driven, ambitious, go-getter, the idea of taking a rest day, going unplugged and slowing down can feel baffling, counter-intuitive and well ain’t nobody got time for that. What if I told you that giving yourself a break every once in a while on a consistent basis can improve your productivity, would you do it?
When you try to control everything, you enjoy nothing. Sometimes you just need to relax, breathe, let go and live in the moment.
It's amazing how much we learn every hour, every day. How much we think we know and how much we have yet to learn. It's mind-boggling how much we can forget what is essential to remember...
I have a book which was mine to-got-to friend since the earliest age. It is a huge book and it looks like a brick :)
I call it a brick of wisdom. Sometimes I find it comforting to address my questions and find some answers there. Surprisingly, by revisiting the same book every year, somehow I always find something new to discover... new conclusions, new thoughts and ideas. But most importantly I've found essential things to remember that are too easy to forget.